Entries by katharine

Traditional vs Robotic Joint Replacement

Since its introduction in the 1960s, joint replacement surgery has helped millions of patients regain their mobility. Over the years, technology has enhanced the techniques used to carry out the procedure. Robotic joint replacements are the latest technique used by surgeons around the globe. The question is, how does robotic joint replacement compare to traditional […]

Calls for More Support for Those Waiting for Joint Replacements

The Versus Arthritis charity has called for more support for those awaiting joint replacements. Often left in constant pain, patients need more physical and emotional support while they wait, according to the charity. The ‘Impossible to Ignore’ campaign from Versus Arthritis, includes a six-point support package for patients. This provides invaluable help and support for […]

Understanding and Treating Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

Femoro-acetabular Impingement or FAI is a relatively recently recognised condition; it was initially described by orthopaedic surgeon Dr Reinhold Ganz who described the condition in 2003 and identified it as a likely cause for the development of hip arthritis in later life. The condition affects the junction between the rim of the acetabulum (or hip […]

Living with Chronic Joint Pain

When you are living with chronic pain, life can often seem unbearable. There have been a number of studies carried out recently, looking at the impact the recent lockdowns have had on chronic pain patients. One study, carried out by the University of Liverpool, revealed those living with chronic pain during lockdown have experience increased […]

Does Your Fitness Level Determine Hip Replacement Success?

If you are due to undergo a hip replacement, there are numerous things that can impact its success. A recent study has looked into whether your level of fitness could play a role in how successful a hip replacement will be. Here, we’ll look at what the study found and whether your fitness level could […]

UK Study Finds Osteoporosis Drug Could Halve Revision Hip Replacements

A new UK study has discovered that an osteoporosis drug could help to halve the number of revision hip replacements required. While the majority of hip replacements run smoothly and last for up to 20 years, revisions are sometimes needed. The trouble is this is a major operation that carries significant risks. Therefore, anything that […]

COVID and Our Practice

There is a lot of concern about the current situation with the surge in COVID-19 infection, in particular for people who need to attend hospital, or who may be considering surgical treatment.  It does look like the outbreak is starting to come under control and there is a hope that the vaccination programme will allow […]

Understanding the True Rate of Hip Dislocation

A new study carried out by researchers in Denmark, has revealed the true rate of hip dislocations following total hip arthroplasty. A known complication of the procedure, the study suggests the rate of hip dislocations is up to 50% higher than first thought. Here, we’ll look at what the study found, alongside patient and surgeon […]